An In-Depth Look at Consumer Latex Mattress Reviews

The latex mattress continues to grow in popularity as consumers seek natural, healthy sleep solutions that offer both comfort and value. But, latex can be one of the most difficult mattress types to research because many people are unfamiliar with what to look for, and finding quality options  in local showrooms often proves difficult.

Curious about what truly makes a better latex bed, we collected reviews from over 650 people comparing features of all-latex beds to those with latex over other foams. We then took a look at top online retailers and developed an easy-to-read chart for handy comparison. Take a look at what we found to see what features are most likely to yield a satisfactory purchase.

Owner Satisfaction: Natural Latex vs Latex Blend Over Foam

 100% Natural LatexLatex Blend Over Foam
Owner SatisfactionAC
Life SpanAB
Back Pain ReliefAD
Natural MaterialsAC
No Off GassingAD
Doesn't Hold HeatAC
WarrantyAB
Return PoliciesAC
Avg. Queen Price$2,500$1,500

The information in the above chart is based on reviews from over 650 actual latex mattress owners, collected from diverse and credible sources including third party verified reviews, product review sites, and consumer forums. We graded the mattresses on an A-D scale, with A meaning almost all were satisfied, B meaning some minor complaints, C meaning a significant number of complaints, and D indicating over half voiced complaints. Here’s the breakdown of results by category:

Owner Satisfaction

Owner satisfaction is a measure of how happy the buyer is with their mattress overall. For all-latex mattresses, nearly every review we found reported satisfaction within the standard range (85%+). However for mattresses with latex over foam, consumers reported lower satisfaction, typically falling in the 60-70% range depending on configuration (about the same satisfaction rating innerspring mattresses have).

Lifespan

The lifespan and durability of the two types show marked difference. Owners of all-natural latex mattresses  have reported life spans that typically range between 12-20 years, though some have even held up as long as 40 years or more. Blended mattresses typically have lifespans of about 6-10 years, slightly longer than the overall mattress average of 5-7 years.

Back Pain Relief

Pain relief is an important factor in the popularity of latex beds. Mattresses made of all latex offer pain relief and prevention that is above average for mattresses in general. Beds that have latex layered over a base foam offered average to below average pain relief, negating a key benefit of the mattress type.

Natural Materials

Many people look at latex mattresses for their natural or eco-friendly properties. However, only 100% natural latex mattresses offer these benefits. Beds that have latex over poly foam or synthetic latex may contain a percentage of natural latex somewhat reducing the chemical footprint, but are not all natural.

No Off-gassing

Off-gassing refers to the chemical odors that new mattresses and furniture produce, typically due to petroleum-based additives. An all-natural latex mattress should have no chemical offgassing, though they may give off a latex rubber smell. Owners of models that combine latex and other foams report significant chemical offgassing, which causes serious disturbance or discomfort to about 15% of people, though many more complain of minor annoyance with odors.

Doesn’t Hold Heat

Latex material tends to hold heat less than other foams due to its composition and the pincore construction of most mattresses which helps circulate air. In all-latex mattresses, reports of sleeping hot are rare. However in latex over foam beds, complaints of trapping heat are more common, with about 10% of people complaining.

Warranties

Because all-natural latex proves highly durable, these types of mattresses tend to have longer warranties, usually around 20 years. Blended models or those that have poly foam layers tend to wear quicker and thus have shorter warranties.

Return Policies

Typically, higher-quality beds tend to have more generous return policies as retailers realize a lower risk and return rate. All-latex mattresses tend offer longer trial periods and more favorable return policies than blends. Those with separate, unglued layers can also offer the alternative of swapping layers rather than returning the whole bed.

Price

Though the two types show clear differences in their features, and customers report paying prices reflective of this difference. The average price for all-latex was $2500, while blended was $1500, meaning that the higher quality often came with a higher price tag.

Availability

All natural latex beds can be difficult to find in local stores, and are often only available online. Blended beds and those with latex over foam can be easier to find in showrooms, which may equate for the price difference. Next, we’ll look at retailers.

Comparison of Latex Mattress Retailers

Latex Mattress CompanyType of LatexAdjustable LayersFlame RetardantCoverOrganic CertificationsGlueWarrantyReturn PolicyWebsite UsabilityVerified ReviewsStarting Price
AstrabedsOrganic DunlopYesWool (no chemicals)Organic CottonLatex, Cotton, WoolNo25 Years90 daysAYes1,799
FlobedsBlended or Natural TalalayYesWool (no chemicals)Organic CottonCottonNo20 Years100 daysCNo1,779
Habitat FurnishingsBlended Talalay/DunlopNoWool (no chemicals)Knit or Organic CottonCottonYes20 Years365 daysDYes1,399
Life KindOrganic Dunlop or Natural TalalayYesWool (no chemicals)Organic CottonLatex, Cotton, WoolNo20 YearsNABNo2,495
Sleep EZBlended or Natural Talalay/DunlopYesFR Barrier/RayonRegular or Organic CottonCottonNo20 Years120 daysDNo1,195

The above chart compares five online latex mattress retailers: Astrabeds, Life Kind, Habitat Furnishings, Sleep EZ, and Flow Beds. We considered the retailers based on key factors including latex type, cover, flame retardants, warranty, and more. Based on our comparison, we recommend Astrabeds.com for all natural latex mattresses. This is based on several factors, including the use of all-natural, certified organic latex, all-latex mattress constructions, a variety of comfort options, organic cotton covers, natural wool barrier, and the relatively affordable price. Astrabeds also features 3rd party verified reviews (from PowerReviews) which means all reviews are from real customers. With average reviews around 4.7 stars out of 5, each of their latex mattress options receives high marks from owners.

Medical Disclaimer: The information contained on the site should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other health care provider. The information provided here is for informational purposes only.

2 thoughts on “An In-Depth Look at Consumer Latex Mattress Reviews”

  1. Maryellen Lambert

    From what I can find out, Astrabeds are the best, but they do not ship to Alaska, where I live. What’s up with that?

  2. I just noticed that Mattress Inquirer’s article on Latex Mattresses of Feb. 7 is “borrowing” (quoting) your comparison chart as shown in this article of Feb. 6. So you’re the ones I should be asking, as follows.

    I’m about to buy an online latex mattress. Habitat Furnishings, whose latex mattresses are recommended by other comparative guides, say that both their Dunlop and (top) Talalay layers are all-Natural, but your comparative guide says that their Talalay later is “Blended Talalay”. Why do you differ from their own claims (Blended rather than Natural)? Do you have private information that they’re not being truthful? If so, can you tell me what that is? You also say that their cotton cover is non-organic, but they appear to have changed to an organic quilted cotton cover. (Maybe in response to comparisons and questions.)

    Otherwise, the differences between Habitat and Astrabeds appear to be 1) that Habitat uses Dunlop rather than Talalay for the main (firm) layer, 2) Habitat uses glue to laminate the two layers, which they say is non-toxic, non-formaldehyde lamination, which “prevents migration and shifting issues” present when the layers aren’t permanently attached, and 3) they offer a 365-day money-back return ($75 return shipping fee) as opposed to Astrabeds’ 90-day return and 4) a 20-year as opposed to 25-year warranty. They also have far, far more reviews on their website (171 reviews of the 8″, 2-layer mattress) than Astrabeds does (10 reviews of the 8″, 2-layer mattress; just 3 reviews of the single-layer mattress).

    It seems to me that the glue/non-glue issue has pros and cons, and I might go with the pro; the one-year return policy is a plus; the 20/25 year warranty probably won’t matter to me as I’m likely to get a new mattress in 20 years or so anyway. And there are far more positive reviews for Habitat available. So it really boils down to whether the Dunlop firm layer gives better support than Astrabed’s firm Talalay layer (I’m someone who has always had an extra-firm mattress, so I think it may), and the main question as to whether their Talalay layer is natural or blended.

    So I’m very curious as to why you listed their Talalay as “Blended” when they refer, over and over again,, to their “Talalay Natural Latex”. Perhaps they changed over since your article was published? That seems unlikely to me as your article is as recent as Feb. 6, and several reviews refer to the latex being 100% Natural Latex. If they are accurate and you aren’t, you might want to change that item in your comparison chart, and perhaps note the certified organic quilted cotton cover as well.

    Hoping to hear back from you. Thank you for your useful website.


    Paul Berkowitz

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